Recently I taught an Iyengar yoga class and it turned into a workshop. One of the biggest misconceptions of Iyengar yoga is that it is too prescriptive and teachers are unyielding in the repetition of standing poses and our teaching sequences. There is some truth to this statement, but with a few caveats, as many who attend my classes can attest. It may vary depending upon class size, level of yoga experience and /or familiarity with the Iyengar method.
I teach to all ages, levels of experience and every body, regardless of restriction or limitation. Our sequences prepare the mind and body for the needed strength and flexibility to add variations to the 200 plus asanas (poses) in our practice. Yoga among other things, is an invitation to explore and discover where you are and how you are in your practice.
In the Iyengar tradition there is heavy emphasis on observing every action and making needed adjustments or corrections to ensure we cause no harm (ahimsa) to self or others which is one of the most important sutras as a teacher.
My classes have students who range in age from their 20s to their 70s. In in class, we explored halasana (plow pose) and salamba sarvangasana (shoulder stand) with the use of props to ensure proper alignment and support for these weight bearing poses.
Three AHC students-Kalina, Qi and Shirley, with varying levels of experience and ages hit the mat with the curiosity and enthusiasm that makes teaching a true joy. Our class quickly morphed into a workshop for the inquisitive.
I’ve taught at the club for five years and I remain as dedicated and excited to teach yoga every day I’m on the mat….what a JOY, what an HONOR!
Denise Rowe is the best yoga teacher I have ever had. Her knowledge and explanations of the anatomy behind simple yoga poses is amazing. The most important thing she taught me is the awareness of my own body – what I need to feel while doing a particular position. I found this very helpful because I can self-correct while doing yoga on my own. This way I can be sure that I am doing the poses correctly in order to get the benefit of yoga and not get an injury.
She is such a generous person giving her extra time and knowledge and even her own equipment to get the best practice possible. Denise is able to adjust her program depending on the level of the class participants and offers a lot of props and modifications of the poses so everybody can participate and not feel left out.
Join Audrey Wednesday at 6:00am for an hour long Vinyasa Flow. This will be a multi-level class but, some Yoga experience is ideal.
Testimonial – By: Jane Beston
I’ve been a member of Aspen Hill club for a little over four years. When I first joined I was doing an early morning class two days a week that I loved until it was discontinued two year’s ago. Since that time I have been requesting the return of early morning classes, specifically yoga. I was pleased to see sunrise yoga on the schedule earlier this month. We’ve now had two classes on Wednesday at 6:00am and attendance has been quite healthy…apparently there are others like myself that enjoy early morning exercise. Our instructor, Audrey, is excellent. She is quite thoughtful in her practice and her instructions are spot on. Audrey will provide as much or little guidance as you need. This class, although they encourage experience, I think if you have an interest in yoga, you will enjoy. Bottom line…It’s a great way to begin your Wednesday! Hope to see you there!
Join us for Friday Night “Flow” and post class happy hour. Spirits with Spirit is a multilevel outdoor Yoga class running Friday nights throughout June. Classes will be held on our pool lawn, followed by happy hour and light fare on our deck.
Who: Members and Guest (Daytime/Senior Memberships are able to participate)
What: Friday Night “Flows” and post class Happy Hour!
When: Friday, June 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, 2019, Class = 5:30—6:15pm, Happy Hour = 6:30—7:15pm
Where: Aspen Hill Club Pool Lawn & Main Deck (Indoor location in event of rain)
Cost: $60 = four class series
$20 = Drop-in’s
$25 = Guests (plus the $13 Club Guest fee)
Cost Includes: class, light fare and first glass of beer, wine or sparkling cider.